Some items come from DeZilverWinkel, others (mainly the burner) from AliExpress. The lot is shown here on my workbench - AKA the ceramic kitchen stove. I Must have the most understanding wife in the whole wide world. I Love her!
These are the copper rings I soldered at GoldenArtDesign. I Showed them before in the topic One ring leads to another.
Eventually, I found this inspiration for my solderingproject. Or rather, my lovely wife did. She is very good at finding things, and I shamelessly stole this idea.
First step is to find out the wire size and ring diameter. After some experimenting, I decided to use 2mm Alpaca wire, wound around a 6mm dowel.
Last week, I continued the project by making 36 rings from 1 meter of wire, that should give me 100mm of finished chain.
So today was the day to practice soldering at home. A Quick refresh on how to solder... and on we go! (Book: Vakgeheimen van het sieraden maken, Stephen o'Keeffe.)
Here is the first ring soldered at home:
After a while, I end up with an assortment of soldered rings.
After a soak in Vitrex (Alkaline solution), the rings look like this:
A Grand assortment of rings that have either:
- Too much solder or too little solder.
- Too much flux or too little flux.
- Too much heat, or not enough heat applied.
So, I decide that I need to work on my skills some more :-)
That, and replace the Borax flux with the "flux h" paste.
Finally, after some more practice and using the new flux, I ended up with a leather-and-alpaca bracelet that doesn't look too shabby.
I Even may consider wearing it from time to time!